I gave my boyfriend a task yesterday; to find a soup to have for dinner before going out last night. He found a soup called Gaeng Chöt- a pork meatballs and glass noodle soup from Thailand ( I would say it's more Chinese, but who am I to judge?), over at the Norwegian site "Mat Prat" (Food talk).
It's a really easy soup to make and it tastes surprisingly good. I wasn't all too excited, it doesn't look like much at all... but I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't have any ground pork at home but I had plenty of store bought meatballs in the freezer, so... And I really hate the look of glass noodles, they remind me of jellyfish tentacles, so I used Chinese wheat noodles instead.
To make this dish vegetarian friendly, simply substitute the meatballs for tofu.
(Adapted from matprat.no)
300 g ground pork
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 dried Chinese mushrooms- shiitake
50 g glass noodles or other kind
5 dl / 2 cups water
½ dl soy sauce
1 spring onion, chopped
1 carrot, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 tbsp coriander/cilantro leaves
1. Soak the mushrooms in hot water for at least 20 minutes. Soak the noodles, or cook until almost done.
2. Mix the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl. Make small meatballs.
3. Bring water and soy sauce to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer the meatballs for 5 minutes.
4. Cut the mushrooms in half, add the mushrooms and the noodles to the soup.
5. After a couple of minutes, add in the vegetables, take the pan from the heat. Sprinkle the soup with the coriander soup, and serve.